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A coronavirus testing unit sign outside Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg

South Africa has closed its land borders until at least mid-February to try to slow the spread of coronavirus, which has spiralled out of control in t(...)

A nurse from Lancet Nectare hospital performs a Covid-19 coronavirus test in Richmond, Johannesburg. Photograph: Luca Sola/AFP via Getty

Germany and Switzerland have banned travel from South Africa after Africa’s most industrial nation warned of the emergence of a new coronavirus varian(...)

A security officer  measures the temperature of a  student  at the entrance of Albert Street Primary School, in Johannesburg. Photograph: Luca Sola/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s government has tightened lockdown restrictions in the Eastern Cape province’s largest city as a first step in tackling localised corona(...)

Cape Town: people faced with hunger, poverty and unemployment receive food parcels, hygiene packs and blankets. Photograph: Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty

Cape Town, one of Africa’s premier tourist destinations, has become eerily quiet since South Africa’s government introduced its strict coronavirus loc(...)

A customer shops at a Liquor City shop in Johannesburg, South Africa, in early June. File photograph: Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

The South African government’s decision to reinstate sweeping lockdown measures to curb the spread of coronavirus has been strongly criticised by many(...)

People check the food parcels they   received  in Brakpan, Gauteng province, where coronavirus cases have surged. Photograph:  Michele Spatari/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa’s Gauteng province is about to become the country’s coronavirus epicentre after a surge in infections. As of Tuesday evening, South Afri(...)

Khayelitsha Field Hospital is in a community sports centre in the township on the outskirts of Cape Town. Photograph: Médecins Sans Frontières

South Africans have been warned by the government’s health minister to prepare for a surge in coronavirus infections as he cited concerns that citizen(...)

 Prince Joachim of Belgium has been fined €10,400 by Spain. File photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

The new coronavirus has infected 7.2 million people worldwide and killed at least 411,000, according to official figures tallied by Johns Hopkins Univ(...)

Dr Katherine Gill (left) of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation with volunteer nurses outside the foundation’s mobile testing clinic in Guguletu. Photograph: Bill Corcoran

Ntuthuzelo Mxokozeli shifted nervously on his feet while standing in the queue outside the government’s coronavirus screening tent in Gugulethu townsh(...)

According to South Africa’s Institute  for Security Studies researchers, policing lockdown restrictions is now a major challenge. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

The five-week nationwide lockdown imposed in South Africa to slow the spread of coronavirus has revealed some valuable insights into violent crime, pu(...)

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